Scary Roofs

Creaking stairs and ghoulish figures aren't the only haunting things in neighborhoods this Halloween. Some roofs are downright scary.

Cedar ShinglesAt the Covington Creek condo community in Indiana, the cracked, rotted and algae-ridden real cedar roof shingles on 207 condo units were a frightful sight in recent years. Forget shrunken heads ... at this subdivision there were stained, curling and shrunken wooden cedar shake roofing tiles overhead.

This year however, Covington Creek isn't a haunted community. Thirty-one buildings have now been re-roofed with new Bellaforté Shake composite shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Gone are the scary roofs ... replaced with synthetic shake roofing that's beautiful and long-lasting. Plus they're backed with a 50 year roof warranty.

We promise ... it's no trick that fake cedar shake roofs look better and last longer than cedar roofing. Our state-of-the-art polymers help provide a durable designer roof with synthetic shake shingles that is simply a treat for homeowners!

Composite Shake

 

Want another Halloween treat? Learn how to Invest in Your Roof and Shake it Off ... with our shake roofing materials!

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Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing

What's that disgusting black and green coating you often see on cedar shake roofing products? Mold. Fungus. Algae. And, it can even grow in yellow, sickly green and red colors. That's NOT the kind of color you want on your roof!

Homeowners who desire the beauty of cedar roofing without the rainbow of growth problems can turn to DaVinci Roofscapes for a shake alternative with all the right colors. Made of virgin polymers that resist algae, mold, fungus and insects, DaVinci synthetic shake shingles come in dozens of standard colors and eye-pleasing color blends.

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Forget about the worries of rotting wood, decay and fire hazards. DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles resist impact, high winds and fire, along with fading, curling and ugly mold growth. And, because each DaVinci shake blend is formulated from different wood tones -- with both wavy and straight grains throughout the designer roof blend -- you get a natural variation in colors to give you a realistic shake tile roof look. (See Shaking Up Roofs)

Need another reason to have DaVinci simulated shake roofing overhead? Then consider this: DaVinci products have a Class A Fire Rating and a Class 4 Impact Resistance Rating to help withstand whatever Mother Nature sends your way. Package all that together with a 50 year roof warranty and you'll turn green with envy ... and that's a color we CAN get on your luxury roof!

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DaVinci Composite Shake: Seeing is Believing

Homeowner Linda Merrihew did not want a composite roof. Then she saw DaVinci Roofscapes simulated shake roofing tiles on a home and her mind was changed.

"After we visited a few locations so I could actually see it on an entire roof (and not just a picture or a piece), I loved it," says Merrihew, a resident of Tualitin, Oregon. "It looked so real and I thought it would be perfect on our five acres with all the trees always dropping needles and leaves. I was right. They just slide right off!"

Most importantly, Merrihew always had the dream of a grey house ... and she was able to reach that dream with a custom blend of three grey fake cedar shake tiles created for a DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roof.

"I thought if I started with a grey roof I would work my way down," says Merrihew. "Our roof is a huge portion of our house so a single color would have been boring and overpowering. The tri-color grey blend is subtle but just enough to break it up and make it look unique. I love it!"

 

Merrihew's home is now painted a pale grey with grey shutters and trim. Although she may not have known it at the time, she was adhering to the "top down" color advice offered by national color expert Kate Smith, who always recommends starting at the roof and working down with color combinations on a home exterior. (see Adding Color to the Exterior of the Home)

How satisfied is Merrihew with her new luxury roof? "I absolutely LOVE the look, and everyone who sees it is totally impressed," says the homeowner. "My son was a 'Street of Dreams' builder last year and he wishes he had known about this roof sooner!"

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Troubled Shake Shingle Bridge Over Calm Waters

One of the most famous sites in Switzerland is the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne. This 204-metre long covered wooden bridge was constructed in 1333 to defend against any attack that might come from nearby Lake Lucerne.

In 1993 fire destroyed the bridge, but locals quickly had it rebuilt because of its prominence in the city. What a shame that almost 20 years ago the reconstruction couldn't include a synthetic cedar shake roof.

While picturesque, the natural cedar shake roof on the bridge is covered with algae and heavy winter storms have taken a toll on the bridge. Perhaps when it's time to replace the cedar roof shingles the Swiss will consider Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Created to accurately resemble shake tile roofs, the DaVinci synthetic shake roofing product comes in six different natural color blends and resists algae, insects, moisture and mold. The hand-split composite shake roofing tiles from DaVinci are carefully crafted to guarantee a sustainable roofing product.

Polymer ShakeThe multiple widths (4-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 9-inches) of the fake cedar shake help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in a straight or staggered pattern. And, both wavy and straight grains are blended throughout for an authentic look.

Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, DaVinci shake alternative roofing tiles are impact and wind resistant. Plus, they have a Class A fire rating ... which would give this bridge with a fiery history peace-of-mind for the future.

Want to shake up your roof? See Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci.

 

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Impact-Resistant DaVinci Roof Tops Kansas Church

The roof on the Woodland United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas has been replaced many times in the past 103 years. Most recently, hail damage in August of 2012 demanded a new roof be placed on the sanctuary, fellowship hall, steeple and portico.

"The Bellaforté Shake polymer roof tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes are a long-term roofing solution for this church," says Kendall R. Zielke, commercial estimator and project manager for Midwest Roofing Services. "We've installed this composite shake product successfully on other projects in our area that are also subject to our severe weather conditions and always have good results. Since this is an impact-resistant synthetic shake tile with a 50-year roof warranty, we believe this shake alternative is ideal for the church structure."

Church leaders selected the Tuscano blend of four autumn brown colors as the roofing color option that most resembled the previous wood shakes on the stone church. "This shake alternative so closely resembles our former roof that I don't think many members even know this is a synthetic shake roofing material," says Jim Brown, a member of the Board of Trustees at the church. "Unless you get very close, you can't tell that there are 'fake cedar shakes' on our roof."

Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. "The snap-fit aspect of the Bellaforté is a great feature of this product," says Zielke. "In addition, a square of Bellaforté tiles weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce our installation time and allows us to get the job done faster for our clients."

See Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof for another success story on DaVinci imitation slate roofs on churches.

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Boys and Their Toys ....

What happens when two home improvement experts take a flame torch and baseball bat to DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate and shake roofing tiles? Click HERE to see the video of Joe Truini and Allen Lyle of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford television show test our DaVinci composite roofing in their workshop.

Joe swings his baseball bat repeatedly at the plastic slate tiles with no impact damage. And, to make the challenge more difficult, he freezes our simulated slate roofing tile and then whacks away at it again ... with the same "no problem" results. His impression? That unlike natural slate that can become brittle and break easily, DaVinci fake slate tiles can withstand the pounding of his bat (and most hail storms!) along with frigid weather.

Next, Allen lights up his propane torch to try and set the DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles on fire. No go. As Allen learns, the flame won't easily spread on our fire-resistant composite shake tiles. Why? Because unlike natural cedar shake roof materials that almost instantly spread flames when a burning ember hits it, DaVinci shake roofing materials are manufactured to resist flame spread --- and they're backed by a 50-year Limited Lifetime Warranty!

For more details on imitation slate tiles, see Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013 and March Winds and Hammers Don't Impact DaVinci Roofing Tiles.

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Praying for a New DaVinci Roof

We may bow our head to pray inside the church, but when outside of several churches across the country people are looking up ... at their DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs that grace the top of those churches.

From coast to coast, synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles from DaVinci top off churches of every religion.

Ukrainian ChurchIn Johnson City, New York, visitors to the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church are immediately captivated by the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure. Topped by three 80-foot tall domes, the massive building looks like it’s made completely of wood shakes on the siding and roof. But, a closer look reveals that the designer roof is really made of Valoré synthetic cedar shakes that perfectly replicate real wood shake shingles. (See Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church)

Several states away in Terra Haute, Indiana, St. Patrick’s Church has been in existence since 1881. After putting up with leaky roofs for years, Bellaforté simulated slate roofing tiles in a blend of greens were installed on three of the original four structures.

Dependability and long-term low-maintenance features are key reasons that the Cynthiana Baptist Church in Kentucky, the Unitarian Universalists Church in Indiana, the Self-Realization Fellowship in California and the St. Louis Catholic Church in Virginia all selected lightweight roofing solutions from DaVinci.

Dayton ChapelBut perhaps the church that has made the best use of the features of DaVinci eco friendly roofing tiles is the 140+ year old chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Ohio. This historic building’s DaVinci fake slate roof replicates the original large cross design with a star-studded border in medium tan slate polymer tiles on a background of black slate alternative tiles.

“The availability of different shades of tiles made it possible to accurately duplicate the original design from the chapel’s roof,” says architect Edward Groh with PEDCO, an engineering and architecture firm in Cincinnati, Ohio responsible for designing the roof. “The result is a roof that everyone is exceptionally pleased with and a design that brings the original exterior look back to the chapel.”

You might just say that a DaVinci roof is the answer to many prayers.            

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DaVinci Roofs: An Answer to Many Prayers

Coast-to-coast you'll find DaVinci polymer roofing tiles atop many different churches. While each church recognizes the benefits of the long-lasting synthetic roofing tiles, perhaps the churches that appreciate them the most are the oldest ones.

“This simulated slate roofing product truly looks like the original slate tile that was placed on our church and chapel more than 75 years ago," says Father Peter Grover, OMV with St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston. "The Bellaforté product allowed us to preserve both the historical look and feel of our facilities. We also gained the advantage that these polymer tiles resist fire, high winds and severe weather. That gives us all peace-of-mind knowing that our church facility and seminary are protected."

In Jacksonville, Oregon, the town's Historic Architectural Review Committee approved a DaVinci Roofscapes shake shingle roof to replace the decaying cedar shakes on the roof at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, which opened in 1881. A Tahoe blend featuring five shades of brown in multi-width composite shake tiles provides the church with the authentic cedar look they desired.

"Our entire town is on the national historic register and we had to receive permission from the Historic Architectural Review Committee to use the DaVinci roofing product," says Dave Harter, elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville. "Because the product looked so authentic to real cedar shakes and had a better fire rating than wood shingles, the committee made the decision for the first time ever to allow polymer roofing tiles on a structure in our city."

The DaVinci lightweight roofing materials used for both churches are Class 4 impact rated and have been rated Class A for fire retardance. The fake slate and fake cedar shake roofing materials have also achieved the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have passed testing for extreme weather conditions.

Backed by a 50-year limited lifetime warranty, DaVinci plastic roofing materials resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.  

Looking for more details on how imitation slate shingles are used to create eco friendly roofs? Then visit Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof and Historic Peterson House Gets DaVinci Polymer Roof.

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Tackling Winter Roof Installations

Two pairs of socks, check. Thermal underwear, check. Warm hat and gloves, check. DaVinci polymer roofing tiles, double check!

Despite frigid weather, roofers across the country can install DaVinci synthetic roofing tiles with confidence, even in the bone-chilling cold. By using extra jobsite caution, along with top-quality underlayments, an imitation slate or fake cedar shake DaVinci roof systems can be added twelve months a year.

Actually, DaVinci composite roofing can be installed in much colder temperatures than many other roofing products --- even in temperatures as cold as 20 degrees F. As opposed to asphalt shingles that are more sensitive to temperatures and can expand and contract, DaVinci plastic roofing materials are ready for cold weather application.

Despite shorter days and cold temperatures, designer roofs made of synthetic materials can be installed during the winter months. Here are some tips for your cold weather installations:

Tip #1 - Prior to installation in colder temperatures, make sure that the shingles have been stored flat and are only installed when they are flat.

Tip #2 - DaVinci's unique formula allows our composite shingles to remain flexible in colder weather. It's important that the shingles are laid at a very minimum 3/16”.

Tip #3 - If using a pneumatic roofing nail gun for plastic roofing materials installation, the pressure should not be set too high. You may wish to hand nail pieces in if you're having trouble with your gas air compressor.

For more insights into cold weather roofing, visit BRRRR! Can a DaVinci Roof Be Installed In Colder Weather??  and Things to Think About for Cold Weather and your Roof.

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Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake

New Year's Eve celebrations at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta had the popular theme of "Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake" during the early 1990s. The all-night event included music options to match the mood of every partygoer.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we make every day a "roof party" with our synthetic shake roofing products. While these cedar shake roof alternatives don't dance, they're the talk of any house party when they sit on the roof overhead!

Made in the U.S.A. by experienced professionals, the full line of polymer shake roofing tiles at DaVinci add value and prestige to homes across America. DaVinci Multi-Width Shake shingles display the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width fake shake product features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

Bellaforté composite shake roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

And, if you want to get fancy about your cedar shake alternative roof, look at DaVinci Fancy Shake polymer roof tiles. They provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake shingles. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

Finally, shake up your home with the single-width Valoré Shake product line. These lightweight roofing materials embrace the art and science of roofing to offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Shake comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" profile to provide deep, attractive shadow lines.

All DaVinci designer roof tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. Plus, they are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty ... so party on!

For more information on our shake products, please visit Four Shake Profiles - What's the Difference? and Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013.

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First-Time DaVinci Installer Sold on Polymer Shakes

Michael Haight is a DaVinci convert. The president of Larry Haight's Residential Roofing out of Redmond, Washington recently installed his first DaVinci simulated shake roofing system ... and he firmly believes it won't be his last one.

The recent Mill Creek, Washington re-roofing project provided Larry Haight's Residential Roofing the opportunity to install DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic cedar shake roofing tiles to replace worn-out natural cedar shakes.

"Many homeowners in our area are tired of the continued maintenance involved with real cedar shake roofs," says Haight. "This was the same situation with our Mill Creek customer. They wanted to keep the cedar shake look without going back to real cedar roofing."

Haight and his team have specialized in residential roofing for more than 29 years, so they've dealt with cedar roofing issues in the past. "As with many other homeowners, this particular homeowner decided to replace their roof because the old material was worn out and they didn't want any leaks.," says Haight. "At the same time they decided to install eight new skylights and new gutters. This was a dream project working with the realistic-looking DaVinci Multi-Width Shake polymer roofing tiles."

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake displays the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width fake shake product features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the shake alternative tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

For their roof, the Mill Creek homeowners chose to modify the standard DaVinci Tahoe blend to create a custom color blend that includes dark, medium dark, medium light and light Tahoe colors. The earthy combination complements the home's brick exterior and tree-covered setting.

According to the non-profit organization, The Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, the longevity of a roof depends on many things: the grade and quality of the product used, the quality of the application, climate, salt-water proximity, exposure and maintenance. The bureau estimates the live span for natural cedar roofs is approximately 30+ years if well maintained. With no maintenance requirements, synthetic shake roofs from DaVinci are backed by a 50-year limited warranty.   

"This particular roofing project has generated a lot of leads for our company," says Haight. "I think we've got a win-win situation going here for homeowners in our area. Between the impressive warranty that comes with the DaVinci product and our company's lifetime workmanship warranty on all re-roof and gutter installs, the combination brings peace-of-mind to our customers."

Each DaVinci eco friendly roof shingle is lightweight, impervious to freeze/thaw cycles, impact resistant, maintenance free, color fade resistant, Class A fire rated (with specified underlayments), UL 2218 Class 4 impact rated, and wind resistant to 110 mph. All DaVinci plastic roofing materials resist water absorption, which eliminates freeze-thaw issues and allows for installation in most weather conditions.

See Four Shake Profiles - What's the Difference? for detailed information on DaVinci simulated shake roofing options.     

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Shaking Up Roofs

Ready to "shake up" your roof? Then make sure to check out the different polymer shake roofing options from DaVinci Roofscapes!

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake displays the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width cedar shake roof features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

Single-Width Valoré Shake tiles embrace the art and science of roofing to offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Shake comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" profile to provide deep, attractive shadow lines.

Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

DaVinci Fancy Shake luxury roof tiles provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

All DaVinci shake shingles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. And, DaVinci fake cedar shakes are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty.

Visit Multi-Width DaVinci Shake Tiles - Providing a "Premium Shake" Look to Your Home for more details on DaVinci shake roofing products.

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North Carolina Embraces Polymer Shake Shingles

Second generation roofer Stacy Stines remembers when his father started the family business in 1978 with a focus on using real wood shakes for roofs. Over the years Stines has seen a change --- and a growing preference amongst homeowners for longer-lasting polymer roofing products.

“Half of the roofs I install these days are polymer shake or slate products,” says Stines, owner of Stacy Stines Roofing out of Elk Park, N. C. and member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program. “The benefits are so tremendous for these low-maintenance roofing materials that there are entire communities in this mountainous area that mandate replacement roofs all be made of fire-resistant polymer material.”

One such community, Valle Cay near Boone, N.C., includes 47 homes constructed in 1984 with real wood shake shingles. Due to rot, weathering and curling, many of those roofs have failed and Stines has replaced seven of them since 2008. In the heavily-wooded area the association now recommends all roofs be replaced with DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles in a Tahoe blend of five shades of natural wood.

“Once someone sees this product installed, they love it and want it on their own home,” says Stines. “The simulated shake roofing has a good profile and dimension to it, the color blends are terrific and the advantage of knowing you have a roof backed by a 50-year limited warranty is extremely impressive."

At another North Carolina community, Stonebridge Log Home community in Todd, developer Shawn Gentry has also seen a rising interest in synthetic shake roofs. Once a completely all-wood cedar shake development of 200 rustic log cabins, the community has now adopted rules that require either fake cedar shake DaVinci Roofscapes roofing products or pre-approved wood cedar split shakes for both new construction and re-roofing projects within Stonebridge.

“The push towards polymer shakes made sense due to long-term maintenance and safety concerns,” says Gentry. “The wood cedar roofs on our one-of-a-kind homes are vulnerable to fire, decay damage and weather conditions.

“We did our research and found that the DaVinci Shakes are an excellent alternative to real wood. They have the tile thickness we needed plus the profiles that accurately replicate real cedar. But, most importantly, they resist weathering, insects and decay. The Mountain Blend and Weathered Gray Blend colors we’ve specified for our community perfectly replicate real cedar shingles.”

Another added benefit of the composite shakes for homeowners at Stonebridge is the peace-of-mind that comes with having a low-maintenance roof. “Many of our homeowners don’t occupy these homes during the winter months,” says Gentry. “When they’re away from their homes for such a long amount of time they’re less likely to worry about maintenance needs on the DaVinci roof versus the natural wood shake roofs.”

Visit What are Contractors Saying about DaVinci? to learn more about how roofing installers and experts feel about DaVinci synthetic slate roofing shingles and cedar shake alternative roofing materials.

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Impact Resistant Roofing: Fight Back Against Mother Nature

Severe weather is always a concern for homeowners. Especially weather that brings with it hail and strong winds. No one wants to think about the damage that might be done to a roof during a storm, not to mention the costs of repairing that damage and the insurance nightmares that may follow.

As a homeowner, there are a few things you can do to bring down the cost of insuring your home. If you find a roofing product that has a Class 4 Impact rating, your roof may qualify for discounts on your homeowner's insurance premiums. Why? Because the insurance companies know that the product has been tested and therefore is less likely to need replaced. The amount of this discount will vary, and it may be a sufficient enough discount to rationalize the higher cost of using Class 4 materials, like fake slate and cedar shake alternative tiles from DaVinci.

Whether you're looking to get a new roof or you need to replace a hail damaged roof, you might be interested in checking out our lightweight tiles.

Wondering how the Class 4 impact test is executed? Check out this video below to see a simulated version of the test:


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Do you live in a hail prone area? Do you have a DaVinci roof? How has your DaVinci roof helped with the impact of hail?  Please tell us about your experience in the comments below.

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Get a Beautiful and Durable Roof with DaVinci Roofscapes Tiles

DaVinci Slate Alternative ShinglesIf you are looking into roofing materials, then you have probably discovered that there are quite a few out there. You might be interested in a natural slate roof or a natural shake roof - just something other than asphalt. However, you might also be aware of the maintenance and overall issues with some of the natural products. So perhaps you're on a hunt for an alternative natural roofing product.

You've come to the right place!

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we make fake slate and fake cedar shake roofing products that replicate the appearance of their natural counterparts but with a durability with which their natural counterparts cannot compete.

Our tiles have superior wind ratings, impact ratings and fire resistance ratings. And, an added bonus, many insurance companies offer discounts on your premium if you have a Class A fire rated roof or a Class 4 impact resistance roof. Sound good? Read more about our products and their ratings on our website.

If you would like to read other blog posts about this topic, here are some that you might enjoy:

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What is EcoBlend?

As a company, we understand the importance of being environmentally friendly - especially when we are making a product that covers a lot of surface area on a roof.

We also know that many home and building owners are looking for solutions that will lessen their carbon footprint. As a result, we developed and now offer our EcoBlend tiles - which are our Cool Roof colors that have been designed to help keep the building underneath the roof cool. In fact, these colors are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council and are ENERGY STAR® qualified.

EcoBlend Tiles by DaVinci

Our DaVinci EcoBlend tiles not only reflect sunlight but also reflect heat away from your home. The higher emissivity and reflectivity rates of these tiles lead to greater reductions in the cooling load, and therefore we hope help reduce your energy usage. We are always looking for ways to "go green" and this is one of the ways we believe we accomplish this goal.

Our EcoBlend® colors include:

  • EcoBlend Weathered Gray (in Medium, Medium Light, Medium Dark, Light and Dark)
  • EcoBlend Gray (in Dark, Light and Medium)

Both of these EcoBlend color options are available in all profiles - so whether you are looking for fake cedar shake roof or a manufactured slate tile, you can enjoy the benefits of our EcoBlend tiles in any profile.

Have you used DaVinci EcoBlend tiles?

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Benefits of Polymer Shake

DaVinci ShakeAre you in the market for a new roof? You like the shake look, but you're wondering if you should go with a fake cedar shake roof rather than a natural shake roof?

Here are some of the benefits of our polymer shake shingles:

  • Authentic Look - We have worked hard to have a natural look to our product. Check out this blog for more information on our profiles:  DaVinci Roofscapes Polymer Roof Tiles.

  • Thickness - As you may or may not know, in the world of natural shake, the thicker the shake shingles, the more expensive the product is. However, our cedar shake roofing is already thick -  5/8" Hand-Split, 1" Bellaforté, and 7/16" Fancy Shake.

  • Multiple Widths - This ties into the authentic look of the product - our Hand-Split has 5 widths whereas our Fancy Shake has 3 widths. Natural shake has multiple widths that happen naturally.

  • Color Blends - We sell our shake products in various color blends that mimic natural shake colors that have been on roofs for a long time or have been freshly installed.  We vary the hues of the shingles ever so slightly so that we achieve that authentic look when it's up on the roof.

  • Waste During Installation - Our shakes have very little waste during installation (meaning, you wouldn't have to pay for as much material or labor as you would with a natural shake product).

  • Fire Performance - With specialty underlayments our shakes have a fire retardant Class A rating ASTM E 108 / UL 790 - which is not achievable with natural shakes.

  • Freeze/Thaw Resistant - Since our product is man made, it doesn't have the natural freeze/thaw cycle that a natural product does. The more the natural product freezes and thaws, the more it breaks, cracks, becomes brittle, exposing itself to bugs, weather, pests and more.

  • Color Fade Resistant - As you know, a brand new cedar shake roof is almost orange in color and then quickly fades over time. However, with our product, you can order the color you want and know that's the color you will have on your roof for the rest of the roof's life.

  • Maintenance Free - Hitting on the freeze/thaw resistant benefit, our product, since it doesn't react to freeze/thaw cycles like a natural product, is virtually maintenance free. However, you often see natural cedar roofs that require replacement of individual shingles over time. Sometimes entire ridges and hips need to be replaced - it's always funny to see a roof that has just the ridges and hips replaced because they are bright orange and the rest of the roof is the old faded color. Not something to worry about with DaVinci.

Would you like to continue to read about the benefits of our shake?  Here are some great articles on our blog that you might enjoy:

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Pest Resistant Roofing

Do you live in a wooded area? 

Many homeowners and business owners have, for years, struggled with bugs and pests that invade their roof. So, as a result, many look for pest resistant roofing material.

Pest Resistant RoofingIn actuality, most roofing material starts out pest free - the pest situation usually happens as the natural material begins to break down. For instance, a natural wood roof might have a treatment on it when it first arrives, deterring bugs and insects from wanting to use it as a home. However, with freeze and thaw cycles, sun and wind exposure, and exposure to natural elements over time, those shingles expand, contract, crack and break. And inside those cracks and breaks, the insects find a nice little home.

However, since DaVinci polymer roof tiles are man made and have contain no organic materials, pests and insects are not naturally attracted to them. Furthermore, since DaVinci tiles are resistant to cracking and breaking, the dangers that lurk with natural roofing materials, simply don't appear with our lightweight roofing systems.

Usually, issues with pests and insects occur when your roof is failing - either deteriorating or leaking. If you are having problems with pests and insects and your roof, then you probably want to get an experienced roofing contractor to your home or business to check it out. They will be able to make suggestions based on what they see.

You can read more on this topic through the following blog posts:

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Roofing Tips from an Experienced Realtor

A successful real estate agent in the Overland Park, Kansas marketplace for 28 years, Sharon Sigman has a deep understanding of what types of exterior products help add value to a home. So, when it came time to have the roof replaced on her own home, Sigman did her research and ordered a Bellaforté Shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"The wood shake shingles on my home were damaged from hail storms and years of exposure to the sun," says Sigman, owner of West USA Realty. "About two years ago I saw a neighbor had installed the polymer shakes from DaVinci and that started me thinking about the value these roofing tiles could have on my own home."

Sigman, whose real estate agency employs 20 people, found that the impact- and fire-resistant fake cedar shake roofing tiles from DaVinci were backed by a 50-year roof limited warranty. Her insurance company liked those qualities and offered to give her a rate break if she installed the reliable roofing product.

"People constantly ask me what type of roof I have on my house," says Sigman, a resident of Prairie Village, Kansas. "The authentic look of the polymer shake and the Abruzzo blend coloring are just amazing. People really do a double take when I tell them it's not a real wood roof."           

The Bellaforté roof installed on Sigman's home was created by DaVinci Roofscapes to have a multi-width appearance replicating hand-split real cedar shakes. The composite shake tiles feature slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths.

The product’s patented features, which include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, help reduce the installation time for the Bellaforté Shake product. A square of Bellaforté Shake (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower polymer roof tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs. Just as with other DaVinci products, the Bellaforté Shake synthetic shake shingles are 100 percent recyclable.

For more information on DaVinci shake alternative roofing products visit DaVinci Shake Profiles

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DaVinci Roofscapes Polymer Shake Profiles

You might have known that DaVinci makes fake slate tiles, but you might not know that we also make fake cedar shake tiles. Our polymer shake tiles come in four different profiles. 

The simulated shake roofing profiles offered by DaVinci are:

  • Cedar Roof ShinglesDaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Our multi-width was the first line we introduced when we came out with our cedar shake alternative tiles. These are available in  9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths with a 5/8" thickness at butt and 1/4" thickness at tip.

  • DaVinci Single-Width Valoré Shake: If you are looking for a more uniform look, then you will like our Valoré, which comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" thickness at butt and 1/4" thickness at tip.

  • Bellaforté Shake: Our newest product, our Bellaforté Shake is an interlocking shingle that is 12" in width but has multiple staggered lengths with 1" average thickness at butt and 3/8" thickness at tip.

  • DaVinci Fancy Shake: Our Fancy Shake is more of the refined cedar shingle look - it comes in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a 7/16" thickness at butt and 1/8" thickness at tip.

To see the color blends available for each profile, please visit our shake product page, choose the profile you are considering and select the color options tab. If you don't see the perfect color blend for your home, visit our online color designer to create your own blend from our 49 standard colors!

As with all DaVinci tiles, our fake cedar shake tiles come to the job site pre-sorted by color and size to cut down on installation time.  

Do you have a DaVinci shake roof? What color did you select? Feel free to share your comments and thoughts below.

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